Friday, August 5, 2016

Box Breaks: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

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At $37.00 I felt this would be a fun rip with super low risk. Boxes like these remind me of the good ol days..a ton of packs, bunch of inserts.  You do still get 3 hits per box. So how did it go? Here's the results

Andrew Wiggins
Jabari Parker
Dante Exum
Marcus Smart
Tyler Ennis
Markel Brown

Elite (1 Per Pack)
Paul Millsap, Danilo Gallinari, Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Mike Conley, Gordon Heyward, Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez, Chandler Parsons, Manu Ginobili, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarcus Cousins, Marcin Gortat, Eric Bledsoe, Ricky Rubio, Lebron James, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell

Elite Die Cut
Danilo Gallinari (#20/92)

The Rookies
Zach Lavine
Doug McDermott
Shabazz Napier
Glenn Robinson III
Cleanthony Early
Bruno Caboclo

Production Line
Kevin Durant
Demar DeRozen
Kendall Marshall
Jameer Nelson
Joakim Noah
Dwight Howard

Scoring Kings
Paul Pierce
David Robinson
Pete Maravich
Karl Malone
Dale Ellis
Wilt Chamberlain

Scoring Kings Stat Line Parallel
Carmelo Anthony (#36/62) 62 Points In a Game

Court Kings

LeBron James
Tim Duncan
Derrick Rose
Ty Lawson
Kevin Love
DeMarcus Cousins

Court Kings Press Proof Purple
Jeremy Lin (#96/199)

Press Proof Blue
Rodney Hood RC (#17/99)

Press Proof Purple
Kendrick Perkins (#50/199)

Chris Paul
Jimmy Butler
Derrick Williams
Al Jefferson
Jusuf Nurkic RC
Langston Galloway RC

Stat Line Parallels
John Henson (#149/158) 158 Blocks
Tayshaun Prince (#271/407) .407 FG %

Elite Dominator
Chris Paul (#951/999)

Elite Die Cut Rookie Autograph
Russ Smith (#12/25)

Gamers Jersey
Hakeem Olajuwon

Elite Autograph
Freddie Lewis (#66/99)

Overall Thoughts: Yup, a totally fun box to rip open. Tons of inserts and I pulled the two best rookies you could pull (Wiggins and Parker). Nothing huge on the hit part, but at this price point that's pretty expected. I now know what bugs me when it comes to inserts in the modern era...they feel more like subsets to me. No kind of foil, nothing pops out, and that's kind of a bummer because even low end products back in the day like Hoops, Skybox and Base Topps had nice looking insert sets..even lower end inserts sets had great designs. I do like the Elite Dominators least it looks like an insert and the Swirl O Rama Parallels, but the Court Kings/Production Line/Scoring King inserts just really look like subset cards. I wish more effort was put into insert sets, because overall (and this has basically been a problem since the early 00's to me) inserts in general are bland. There are some exceptions, but for the most part the lower end inserts are treated like afterthoughts because they look like afterthoughts. Regardless, it was still a fun break and if you're looking for a cheap basketball rip with a chance of some nice hits, you really can't go wrong with Donruss. Here are some pics

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Top 5 Pulls of 2016
#1- 2016 Topps Tribute Superfractor Autograph Alex Gordon (#1/1)
#2- 2016 Topps Tribute Milestone Relic Game Used Ball Kris Bryant (#5/10)
#3-15-16 Limited Gold Spotlight Dual Signatures Kristaps Porzingis/Jerian Grant (#8/10)
#4-15-16 Gold Standard Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden Pairs Dual Patch (#12/25)
#5-15-16 Excalibur Karl Anthony Towns Rookie Rampage Autograph Jersey


  1. Nice jersey card of Hakeem!

  2. Thanks Fuji! Can't go wrong with a jersey card of the Dream!

  3. I like busting Donruss Basketball when I get a chance. It's nice and cheap, but with all of the base and inserts and parallels and hits it feels like you are getting a good rip for the money. That's a pretty rare feeling these days when busting packs.

    I do agree that many of today's inserts are pretty bland compared to things like mid-90's Hoops and Fleer, but that era had plenty of pretty basic inserts, too. We just remember the exciting ones more because they stood out.